ABOUT THE ROCKS


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ABOUT THE ROCKS
Using Gemstones, Minerals and Earth Core-Sample Cross-Sections as a visual point of departure for my work, I enjoy learning about the stones and here, offer stories of my favorites, Yellow Turquoise, Ocean Jasper, Chiastolite, Petrified Wood, Petrified Palm Wood, Carnelian Agate, Baculite, Ammonite.

* YELLOW TURQUOISE:

Yellow Turquoise is a Copper Aluminum Phosphate mineral with a triclinic crystalline structure. Its striking blues derived from Copper, and its greens and yellows come from Iron. Although named as a stone from Turkey , the best specimens today are found in Iran , Afghanistan , Australia , China , and the Southwestern United States .

Turquoise may be the oldest-used of all gemstones dating back to Persia 5000 B.C. This popular stone has been fashioned into decorative jewelry, amulets and weapons and is believed to possess properties that bring good fortune, protect from harm, increase wealth and improve communication.

Ancient Arabians called turquoise “Fayruz” meaning lucky stone!

* OCEAN JASPER:

Ocean Jasper is a colorful variety of Chalcedony often called Orbicular Jasper. It is a highly silicified Rhyolite that has Quartz and Feldspar crystallized into radial aggregates of needle-like crystals forming orbicular (spherical) structures. The many small spheres or “orbs” in its matrix may appear as circles, stripes or eyes. Some believe this stone may actually be fossilized coral.

Orbicular Jasper is a recent discovery of 1997 found at low tide on the northwest coast of Madagascar near the village of Morovato ; where it was mined, polished and/or carved then sold to the public as “Ocean Jasper”. The mine is now depleted.

Ocean Jasper is believed to promote joy, provide protection, and improve creativity.

* PICASSO ROCK:

Picasso Rock is a metamorphic limestone form of Jasper found primarily in Utah , U.S. Identifiable by its striking combinations of browns, blacks, grays and whites, the stone often presents a scenic image such as forest trees, water bodies, and hill sides in winter. The dramatic layering effects of this stone are a result of multiple transformations from pressure and heat deep within the earth.

This stone is said to protect and strengthen the body, balance emotions, enhance manifestation of material goals, and assist with stability, clarity, and recall of dreams.

* CHIASTOLITE: (Andalusite Cross Stone)

Chiastolite, a rare form of Andalusite, is an aluminum nesosilicate mineral and the only crystal that bears its unusual cruciform shaped graphite inclusion. Its name is derived from the Greek term chiastos meaning “cross marked”.

Chiastolite crystals pseudomorphically occur in formations of metamorphic rock in Spain , Southern Austrailia , Bolivia , Russia , Chile , France , California and Massachusetts . Its color varies in the spectrum of brown with a play of iridescent reds, greens or yellows.

Legend holds Chiastolite as the carrier of “christ consciousness” in aspects of love, forgiveness, healing and compassion. It is said to bring harmony, balance, and protection for the body and mind.

* PETRIFIED WOOD: ( 100-200 million yrs)

Contrary to popular belief, Petrified Wood has not actually turned into stone. Rather, as ancient fallen trees covered by fine-grained sedimentary silicates endure time, heat and pressure, organic substances decay and are replaced by a variety of mineral rich water deposits containing cryptocrystalline quartz, silicon dioxides, chalcedony, opal, coal, pyrite, or calcite, creating the pseudomorphic mineralization known as petrifaction. During this process, Earth elements such as manganese, iron, copper, carbon and chromium give this stone its variety of color. Petrified Wood is found all over the world specifically concentrated in areas such as the Petrified National Forest of AZ, Egypt, and Argentina .

Petrified Wood is known as the record-keeper of Earths’ ancestral understandings. Folklore reveals this stone as one of transformation, heightened insights, and an eliminator of worries.

* PETRIFIED PALM WOOD: (23-33 million yrs. Oligocene Epoch)

Petrified Palm Wood is a variety of Petrified Wood from Palm Trees containing an abundance of Chalcedony. It is a very hard stone rating around 7 1/2 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Petrified Palm Wood is so abundant in Texas and Louisiana that it is declared the State Rock of Texas, and the State Fossil of Louisiana. Depending on the angle of the lapidary cut, the surfaces will present small freckled dots, or tapering straw like rods revealing the arteries which nourished the tree.

Petrified Palm Wood is said to help reach goals, remove petty annoyances, restore physical energy, and strengthen the bodies back and hip regions.

* CARNELIAN AGATE

This translucent reddish-orange agate, also known as Mecca Stone or Blood Agate, is found commonly around the world. Carnelian attributes its name to the Latin term “cor ” meaning heart.

In the middle ages, people believed Carnelian Agate was a great protector from nightmares, or enchantments. Carnelian Agate is said to promote courage and confidence, cleanse the blood, clear negative energy and fear.

* BACULITES GREGORYENSIS: (Late Cretaceous Period only)

Baculites Gregoryyensis is a minerlized Cephalopod fossil and exstinct anscestor of the Octopus. Known as the “walking stick rock”, Baculites is distinguished by its straight shelled heteromorphic form and intricately foliated suture lines.

Baculites fossils are found in many deposit beds around the world and range in size up to two meters long. They are most commonly found broken in several pieces, usually along the fragile suture lines. Individual chambers found this way are sometimes referred to as “stone buffalos”due to their anthropomorphic shape.

For some of these fossils, eons of intense heat and pressure created a pseudomorphic mineralization process where a variety of silicates and other elements replaced the brittle fossil structures “turning them to stone” so to speak. Their colors are generally rich ochre, umber, or sienna, contoured by lighter suture lines that create vibrant distinctions between the shellular growth patterns.